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Newsletter: University gets petty over one penny

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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 22, 2023   Updated on Feb 23, 2023, 7:30 am CST

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Our top stories today are about: How a video explaining how to make air fryer cookies has become a viral sensation, a student detailing how their university went after them over a 1 cent balance, comedian Jim Carrey threatening a YouTuber with a lawsuit for falsely tying him to Jeffrey Epstein, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accidentally calling for her own state to be kicked out of the U.S. 

After that, we’ve got our weekly “Now Streaming” column from our Culture Reporter Michelle

See you tomorrow!

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

🍪 FAIL
Woman tries making cookies in an air fryer—TikTokers think it’s a fail

One woman’s attempt to make cookies in an air fryer did not go as planned and has become a viral sensation.

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🎓 WTF
‘I guess I’ll enroll in a payment plan’: Student says university threatened to withhold her diploma if she didn’t pay her balance of 1 cent

In a viral video, a student shared her frustration after receiving an email from Washington State University’s bursar’s office about an outstanding balance on her account. It was just one penny

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🎬 ENTERTAINMENT
Jim Carrey threatens YouTuber with lawsuit for falsely tying him to Jeffrey Epstein

The comedian’s name has appeared on fake versions of Epstein’s flight logs.

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🗳️ POLITICS
Marjorie Taylor Greene accidentally calls for her own state to be kicked out of the U.S.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has finally had enough of America.

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📺 Now Streaming

By Michelle Jaworski

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🛒 A Target shopper shared a hack to saving money when paying at self-checkout.

👽 People are pissed President Joe Biden didn’t admit the U.S. found aliens during a recent speech about the various unidentified flying objects that have been shot down. 

💄 Employees at an Ulta store in Atlanta allegedly wrote “stolen from Ulta” on tester perfume bottles to prevent theft from the store.

🥕 An Instacart customer said she will never use the online grocery service again after she was charged $7.82 more than the listed price for a whole chicken.

☕ Starbucks may have recently changed the cups it uses, and one TikToker couldn’t believe the eco-friendliness of the change.

👀 A worker shared on TikTok how she was essentially catfished by her employer.

📜 From the Daily Dot archive: Is your kid attending funerals on Roblox?

💼 A TikTok video showing an interaction between a manager and an employee is getting pushback on the platform after people called it “strange.”

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👋 Before you go

This TikToker is going viral for revealing the truth behind the fries at Five Guys

In a viral video, the user explains how he used to work at the chain and his manger told him never to be “stingy” with how many fries they would put into a bag.

When he questioned why they didn’t just give the customer a bigger container, the manager explained the company’s fries strategy

former Five Guys employee speaking with caption 'my boss says we want to give the illusion' (l) Five Guys fries on paper spilling from cup on table with Five Guys logo (c) former Five Guys employee speaking with caption 'that they're getting more than what they paid for' (r)
Five Guys/Facebook @jordan_the_stallion8/TikTok Five Guys/Wikimedia Commons

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*First Published: Feb 22, 2023, 10:30 am CST